Adrian Wojnarowski: Dario Saric has agreed to a three-year, $27M deal to stay with Phoenix, agents Jeff Schwartz and Mike Lindeman of @excelsm_bball tell ESPN.
John Gambadoro: I still expect the Suns keep Dario Saric, on a multi-year deal, as he is a versatile player who can play PF and some C and let go of Aron Baynes, Frank Kaminsky and Cheick Diallo.
In particular, putting Saric on the ball more often could unlock some of the second-year version. He’s been marooned as a floor spacer in lineups in Minnesota and Phoenix, but that’s not really what he does. Let Dario dribble! Operating as a second-side ballhandler or in a prominent role with the second unit, he can flourish. Maybe that team is Phoenix. The Suns can give him a $10.4M qualifying offer to have matching rights, and I don’t see any team going above that number. (Nor would I recommend it). But if he’s a casualty of their cap machinations, he’s a good target at midlevel-ish money.
January 27, 2021 | 6:50 pm EST Update
RJ Marquez: Gregg Popovich says Derrick White is expected to play this weekend. Said he wants to play now, but expect him in the lineup this weekend. #Spurs #NBA #KSATsports
RJ Marquez: Luka Samanic has been assigned to the Austin Spurs. The second-year power forward and 2019 first round pick has not been able to crack the rotation and played in only 4 games this season. #KSATsports #Spurs #NBA
January 27, 2021 | 6:28 pm EST Update
Tom Moore: #Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Dwight Howard last season: ‘Dwight was at a low point in his career. We gave him an opportunity to play a role he hadn’t played before. … My relationship with him over that full season was one of the most rewarding of my career.’